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Photos from the latest ANDES expeditions

Photos from my latest expeditions. See also the  'Firsts'  page for details of innovative trips I have run over the last few years, and our  Calendar  page for details of the unusual and interesting expeditions this coming year.

Argentina Unclimbed 2018

Bolivia Ski Explorer 2018

Majadita and Aconcagua 2018

Patagonia Ski Explorer 2017

Chachani 2017

Chilean Ski Explorer 2016

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page

First Ascents in Peru 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page

Chilean Atacama 2013


Argentina Unclimbed 2018

The summit ruins on Queva.

The summit ruins on Queva.  This was our highest peak, at 6140m. It is climbed relatively often for this part of the Andes, once or twice a year. These ruins lie just 10m below the summit and date from the Inca period, about 500 years ago.

Argentina Uonia Snclimbed 2018

On the summit of Vicuņorco, Sierra Laguna Blanca, Argentina.

On the summit of Vicuņorco, 5910m, Sierra Laguna Blanca, Argentina. unfortunately our target for our first ascent (aka Laguna Blanca Norte) turned out to have been climbed two separate local climbing groups just the season before (November 2017 and February 2018). Pipped at the post!

 


Bolivia Ski Explorer 2018

Our second time out skiing in Bolivia and the weather and conditions were even better than before. Ten days or more with almost no clouds. We began in the Khara Kota valley by skiing five 5000m peaks in five days, then moved on to Parinacota, where unfortunately the strong sunshine had turned the wet season snow into unskiable penitentes.

Skiing on Wila Llojeta at 5000m.

Skiing on Wila Llojeta at 5000m, Cordillera Real, Bolivia.

On the summit of Janco Huyo, Cordillera real, Bolivia.

On the summit of Janco Huyo, Cordillera Real, Bolivia.



Our campsite by Laguna Jacha Kota

Pomerape from our ascent of Parinacota.

Pomerape from our ascent of Parinacota.

Mururata from the El Alto teleferico.


Mururata as seen form the public transport Teleferico in El Alto.


Majadita and Aconcagua 2018
High camp on Majadita, Argentina

High camp at the edge of the glacier on Majadita, Cordillera Agua Negra.

Our 2018 trip to Aconcagua was unfortunately not successful on the main objective due to a very unlucky spell of bad weather. All four of our possible summit days were too windy, with forecast winds of 100 km/h, and summit temperatures of -18-20ēC. On the 9th February we did make it higher on the mountain than any other teams, but as we crossed over the well-named Cresta del Viento the windchill was unsupportable, and it was hard just keeping our feet anchored!

Luckily our acclimatisation trip in the Cordillera Agua Negra had seen much better conditions, and Barry Suzanne and Thom all made the summits of three 5000m+ peaks and Majadita, a 6266m peak that is rarely climbed.

Windy weather on the summit of Mistral, 5050m.

Windy weather on the summit of Mistral, 5050m.

 

San Lorenzo 5749m, Cordillera Agua Negra.

Thom, Suzanne and Barry on the summit of San Lorenzo 5749m, Cordillera Agua Negra.

Cold weather at 6400m on Aconcagua.

Cold weather at 6400m on Aconcagua.

Nido de Condores campiste, Aconcagua.

Nido de Condores campsite, Aconcagua.

Majadita High Camp

High camp at 4900m on Majadita.


Patagonia Ski Explorer 2017

In October 2017 we ran a ski mountaineering expedition to northern Patagonia. Although our main objective, the 4709m high Volcan Domuyo was not in a good condition to ski we did get some good days skiing on spring snow conditions elsewhere in northern Neuquen province. This is a very remote area and we were probably the first people to ever ski Cuadruple Tres 3333m and Sierra de la Puntilla 2979m.

Skiing on Cerro Challhuaco above Bariloche.

Skiing on Cerro Challhuaco above Bariloche.




Skiing at 3000m on Cerro Wayle (3249m). near Chos Malal.


Sierra de la Puntilla 2979m.

Sierra de la Puntilla 2979m. Our route took us up the very right hand snow bowl, after a 2km/200m carry from the road

Skiing up Sierra de la Puntilla, Cordon del Viento.

Skiing up Sierra de la Puntilla, Cordon del Viento.


Skiing at Paso Pino Hachado, a good short day out with skis on at the car.


Skiing up through bamboo and monkey puzzle forests on peak 2135m at Paso Pino Hachado. It was a good short day out with skis on just 200m from the car.

Camping at Aguas Calientes, a great place to relax after a days skiing, 15ēC, sunny and with running hot water.

Camping at Villa Aguas Calientes. It was a great place to relax after a days skiing, 15ēC, sunny and with running hot water.


Chachani 2017

A private trip to climb this 6000m peak just outside the Peruvian city of Arequipa. It was a very successful 9-day trip with both Stan and Elena climbing Chucura, 5298m and Chachani, 6075m, and both also getting very near the summit of 5598m high Nevado Mismi.

Traversing a penitente snowfield at 6000m on Nevado Chachani.

Traversing a penitente snowfield at 6000m on Nevado Chachani.

Approaching the summit of Nevado Mismi, at 5400m.

Approaching the summit of Nevado Mismi, at 5400m.

 Sabancay was erupting every cpuple of hours in May 2017. Often accompnaied by small earth tremors!

Sabancaya was erupting every couple of hours in May 2017. Often accompnaied by small earth tremors!




Chilean Ski Explorer 2016

There was a bit of a lack of snow in the Andes this year after a dry winter and (maybe) a warm spring. Snow lines were  a few 100m higher than normal on many of the peaks we are familiar with. Resorts had already closed and we had a few longish walks to get up to the snow. Conditions were not really helped by one of our main target peaks, Volcan Chillan, erupting a week before we arrived, and again the day after we skiied it.

Climbing Volcan Villarrica. Too icy to use the skins, although after a few hours it had softened up enoguh to give a good long 1300m vertical run back to base.

Climbing Volcan Villarrica. Too icy to use the skins, although after a few hours it had softened up enoguh to give a good long 1300m vertical run back to base.

Skiing on Volcan Lonquimay.

Skiing on Volcan Lonquimay.

Skiing on Volcan Casablanca, Chile.

Skiing on Volcan Casablanca, Chile.


Skiing on an unamed peak, Cordilera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Skiing on an unamed peak, Cordilera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.




Chilean Atacama 2013

Alto Toroni turned out to be a very interesting peak.

Alto Toroni turned out to be a very interesting mountain on the Chile-Bolivia border. I was not sure if it had ever been climbed before, there was certainly no recorded ascent anywhere. However on reaching the top it soon became clear that the Inca's had been there over 400 years ago, and built a substantial platform and some walls and pathways on the very summit, probably for religious reasons.

However on reaching the top it soon became clear that the Inca's had been there over 400 years ago, and built a substantial platform and some walls and pathways on the very summit, probably for religious reasons.

 

 

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